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Columnist: Offer Marijuana to Young People Who Sign Up for Obamacare
National Review's The Campaign Spot ^ | December 16, 2013 | Jim Geraghty

Posted on 12/16/2013 8:58:54 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Caroline Baum, a columnist for Bloomberg, offers suggestions to the Obama administration that are extremely creative, extremely desperate, or a sign Obamacare’s fans are having a collective nervous breakdown:

First, announce and advertise that everyone between the ages of 18 and 34 who enrolls on the health-care exchanges by the end of the year is automatically entered in a lottery. Winners will receive everything from a free iPhone or iPad to a full-year of health-care underwritten by Uncle Sam. Refer a friend and get a discount. Buy one (year), get one free. In states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use — Colorado and Washington — by all means, throw in a bag of cannabis.

It isn’t fair, you say? Who said life is fair? Obamacare is based on the idea of young, healthy people, who don’t use a lot of health-care services, subsidizing the sick and elderly. Their generation is on the hook for the debt incurred to provide for the baby boomers in retirement. So forget fair.

If you thought Obamacare was unpopular before, just wait until taxpayer dollars are used to purchase and distribute marijuana to young people.

The problem with Obamacare is not that there isn’t enough advertising for it — $500 million from insurance companies alone. The problem is not a lack of celebrity endorsements. Kal Penn tweets about “covering your dong” are not going to spur mass signups, nor is one from Adam Levine. And no, a bag of marijuana won’t change the dynamic either.

The recent Harvard survey found 56 percent of young people disapprove of the Affordable Care Act, 39 percent approve. Only 20 percent said they plan to enroll through the exchanges after they are no longer covered by their parents’ plan; 47 percent described themselves as likely to enroll. Young people are wary because, as Baum acknowledges, it’s a bad deal: 44 percent believe their care will get worse under the new law; only 17 believe it will get better, and 50 percent believe they will pay more for care under ACA; only 10 percent believe they will pay less.

Average premiums for young people will range from $157 to $201 a month, which comes out to $1,884 to $2,412 per year. (This doesn’t account for deductibles, copays, etc.) Most uninsured young people don’t have that extra cash lying around – or if they do, they would prefer to spend it elsewhere.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: marijuana; msm; obamacare
Think back to 1973 or 1983 (if you were alive then, if not do 1993 or 2003) and try to imagine this America in your mind. I can't do it.
1 posted on 12/16/2013 8:58:54 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yea man!! I want that. And I hope, Caroline, that your kids or grandkids get it too. Yeaaaaa.


2 posted on 12/16/2013 9:08:40 PM PST by deweyfrank
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nope, this sure isn’t the America I used to plead allegiance to. Not by a long-shot. Not this faggoty, doped-up, morally degenerate freak-show of a country.


3 posted on 12/16/2013 9:11:51 PM PST by greene66
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It gets more insane. Will they buy them hookers and cocaine next?


4 posted on 12/16/2013 9:13:01 PM PST by realcleanguy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
we had a sneak preveiw of what was to come...back in 1985

offer em anything for that all important support...


5 posted on 12/16/2013 9:17:28 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Wow.

Here is the media suggesting to the government to hawk medical care sign ups with an outreach that is sort of a cross between Publishers Clearinghouse and Easy Rider.

If the Dems had any (any) good ideas, they would sell themselves.

It is with Obamacare [sic] as it is with everything they do. They have to lie about them; and, in the case of Obamacare [sic] a suggestion to promote it with a carny grifter dealing drugs.

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6 posted on 12/16/2013 9:17:49 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: realcleanguy

Like the hurricane “survivors” from New Orleans you mean? I was in Katrina in Biloxi, where the hurricane actually hit and I got exactly Jack Squat.


7 posted on 12/16/2013 9:18:10 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just give them 30 pieces of silver.


8 posted on 12/16/2013 9:18:29 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: greene66

“...and to the Republic for which it stood....”


9 posted on 12/16/2013 9:18:31 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think they should offer free pot for anyone that agrees to sterilize him or herself.


10 posted on 12/16/2013 9:23:29 PM PST by MNDude
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To: MeshugeMikey

How I hated that song!

The younger folks hate us baby boomers and blame us for every problem they ever have. Now forcing them to pay for our health insurance? That’s funny!


11 posted on 12/16/2013 9:49:04 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: VerySadAmerican
it was sick stupid COMMIE song wasnt it!

the one worlders can only run us so far into the ground....

thus just in...

today at harvard... barry soeteros favorite book discovered ...


12 posted on 12/16/2013 9:55:13 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

American Leftists make for pretty lousy capitalists.


13 posted on 12/16/2013 10:02:59 PM PST by Slyfox (We want our pre-existing HEALTH INSURANCE back!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I had similar first thought. And to think some idiot actually got paid for being this stupid


14 posted on 12/16/2013 10:08:31 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat (Obamacare: We told you so)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Real Americans cling to their Bibles and their guns, whereas obama and the millenials cling to their communist manifestos and their bongs

millenials are the laughingstock of American history.


15 posted on 12/16/2013 10:11:09 PM PST by Vision Thing (obama wants his suicidal worshipers to become suicidal bombers.)
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To: MNDude

“I think they should offer free pot for anyone that agrees to sterilize him or herself.”


Lead the way.


16 posted on 12/16/2013 10:23:33 PM PST by ourworldawry
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To: ourworldawry

Politicians used to promise “A Chicken in Every Pot.”

Now they promise “Pot in Every Chicken.”


17 posted on 12/16/2013 10:26:55 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Offer a free crystal for your hand...


18 posted on 12/16/2013 11:30:50 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; shove_it; TrueKnightGalahad; ...

19 posted on 12/16/2013 11:52:26 PM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The kids would probably prefer alcohol.


20 posted on 12/17/2013 2:25:52 AM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rush is predicting they’ll soon offer to forgive student loans for young people who sign up for O’Care!


21 posted on 12/17/2013 3:25:01 AM PST by REPANDPROUDOFIT (November can't come soon enough!)
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